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Watercolour Leaf Wreaths

Watercolour Leaf Wreaths

As the leaves turn from a vibrant green to shades of muted yellows and oranges, why not celebrate autumn with an easy wreath activity. Using the wet-on-wet technique with watercolours gives a beautiful watery colour wash to the leaves and allows children to experiment a little. They can mix colours on the sheet to give a marbled effect or create a gradient of colours. Try using differently textured paper to give the leaves texture and character.

What You Need –

  • 4 sheets of textured paper
  • Paintbrushes
  • Bowl of water
  • Watercolours in autumn shades such as yellow, orange and red
  • Scissors
  • Paper plate
  • Hole Punch
  • Craft glue
  • Red ribbon
  • Leaf stencils

Method –

  • Brush each sheet of paper with water before beginning to paint. Using broad strokes, paint each wetted page with a different shade of colour. You can also combine colours on the pages to create a striped or marbled effect.
  • Remember to use a broad brush to get even, large strokes.
  • Allow the pages to dry completely before continuing.
  • Using a leaf stencil (or work freehand), draw leaves on each page. Make sure to pack them closely together to ensure you get the most out of each page.
  • Draw on the veins of each leaf using a coloured pen or sketch pens.
  • Prepare the paper plate by cutting a circle out of the centre of each plate. This will be the base of your wreath.
  • Punch a hole in the top of the wreath base and thread through a ribbon to hang the wreath.
  • Decorate the wreath by gluing the leaves on top of the paper plate. Overlap the leaves to make the wreath look full and lush
  • Allow the wreath to dry completely before hanging it up.

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